Jordan is a relatively small country dependent largely on services, foreign aid and tourism. There are approximately 1,350 horses and donkeys in and around Petra, with 700 working regularly in the Petra Park.
They are used to transport tourists in and around the site. They suffer from a range of welfare issues, particularly lameness,wounds, hoof problems, serious injuries, poorly fitting harnesses, overloading, whipping, mistreatment and overworking. These problems are worse for carriage horses and donkeys. Lack of access to water and the shortage of trained vets also impact animals’ welfare in Petra.
In March 2010, the Brooke transferred the responsibility for running the veterinary clinic to the Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan and signed an agreement with the Ministry to make sure that local veterinary care for horses and donkeys in Petra will still be available.
The Brooke continues to work with government vets, providing training and information to ensure a good quality service. With the Ministry of Agriculture offering veterinary care, the Brooke has been able to develop a different type of support for horses and donkeys and their owners in Jordan, with a focus on education, training and raising awareness to improve the handling and management of horses and donkeys.
Read more about our work in Petra
Petra Park Authority website
Jordan Tourist Board website